Factors associated with primary health care providers' alcohol screening behavior in Colombia, Mexico and Peru

Daša Kokole, Eva Jané-Llopis, Liesbeth Mercken, Marina Piazza, Ines Bustamante, Guillermina Natera Rey, Perla Medina, Augusto Pérez-Gómez, Juliana Mejía-Trujillo, Amy O'Donnell, Eileen Kaner, Antoni Gual, Christiane Sybille Schmidt, Bernd Schulte, Math J J M Candel, Hein de Vries, Peter Anderson

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Background: Screening for unhealthy alcohol use in routine consultations can aid primary health care (PHC) providers in detecting patients with hazardous or harmful consumption and providing them with appropriate care. As part of larger trial testing strategies to improve implementation of alcohol screening in PHC, this study investigated the motivational (role security, therapeutic commitment, self-efficacy) and organizational context (leadership, work culture, resources, monitoring, community engagement) factors that were associated with the proportion of adult patients screened with AUDIT-C by PHC providers in Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Additionally, the study investigated whether the effect of the factors interacted with implementation strategies and the country. Methods: Pen-and-paper questionnaires were completed by 386 providers at the start of their study participation (79% female, Mage = 39.5, 37.6% doctors, 15.0% nurses, 9.6% psychologists, 37.8% other professional roles). They were allocated to one of four intervention arms: control group; short training only; short training in presence of municipal support; and standard (long) training in presence of municipal support. Providers documented their screening practice during the five-month implementation period. Data were collected between April 2019 and March 2020. Results: Negative binomial regression analysis found an inverse relationship of role security with the proportion of screened patients. Self-efficacy was associated with an increase in the proportion of screened patients only amongst Mexican providers. Support from leadership (formal leader in organization) was the only significant organizational context factor, but only in non-control arms. Conclusion: Higher self-efficacy is a relevant factor in settings where screening practice is already ongoing. Leadership support can enhance effects of implementation strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalSubstance Abuse
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes


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